Correctional Officer Salary

A Correctional Officer earns an average salary of $34,986 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Safety Compliance and Transport.
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$25,016 - $61,198
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$61K
MEDIAN: $34,985
10%
50%
90%

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$10.79 - $22.55
(Median)
$11
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,016 - $61,198  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,659 - $56,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,065
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.79 - $22.55  
   
Overtime
$14.70 - $39.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$24,659 - $56,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 726
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Job Description for Correctional Officer

A correctional officer works at a prison, jail, or similar institution. They are responsible for maintaining the safety and control of all persons remanded to the custody of the facility. The help ensure and enforce all procedures and regulations as required by the jurisdiction and management.

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Correctional Officer Tasks

  • Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
  • Receive and secure prisoners until their release.
  • Maintain security of the jail or institution.
  • Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.

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Pay by Experience Level for Correctional Officer

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Experience Affects Correctional Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Correctional Officer Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 37%

Transport
up arrow 21%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 257 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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